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This show was one of the first live Dead soundboard tapes I'd ever gotten my hands on as a kid, in '78 I think. The Sunshine>China Cat>Rider cemented by love of this band! Thanks to Mr. Ashley for posting this awesome show!
Due to the many technical problems I will rate this four stars. The performance is great though. I love these Jay Ashley remasters. Thanks Jay.
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Here Is A Fined Gets Loose Wit Da Lucy
Here is a find, my friends. Here is a find.
This is an admirable effort put on by the band, who were hot to trot, but initially stultified by mysterious and sundrious PA anomalies.
I had seen them 10 days earlier at Maples; nestled in the front row center balcony. There were numerous sound problems at that show, as there were May 26 when witnessed Kezar, 39 steps from stage dead center.
It took the Grateful Dead and the Kwipment Krew a while to get used to this new monster system, obviously, but doubly obvious was how supreme the band sounded once every thing was dialed in. Every note from Loose Lucy on is sheer and dramatic perfection of both performance and reproduction.
Listen to the Stella Blue. Stellar-electro-dead.
The sound whispers and breaths pure multi-tiered harmonic. And then it just falls off and out into.
El Paso. Gunplay! Bertha Sound Recapture is jewel-studded, pearlescent! This sound and definition of the WOS is reminiscent in every venue of the way the music sounded whether you were right up front or sitting behind a post. The WOS sound would follow you around a corner; it even sounded good in the bathrooms! This is a resplendent and accurate representation of just how good that evil Wall of Sound sounded... And at break they played the Association: Cherish.
They Love Each Other the one you love to haight. and into
Playin. Much fined gold. Tasmanian Devil burrowing in an out of palm tree trunks...with: a smile....
The Reprise is the crispestly-torched grind knuckles into cheese grater.
Cuts into Truckin' abruptly. Second Set. Goes on and on and then ends...abruptly...into Jimmy Row and despite the snap end of tape it dovetails sveltely into Big River. Johnny Cash as Johnny wishes he sounded. LOL!
Jerry defies logic and lets his strat move exponentially upward filling every whitless demand! And then, an equipment malfunction into..
Donna Jean singing You Ain't Woman Enough and she pulls it off with gusto and aplomb.
Ahhhh, Here It Comes! The profound Grateful Dead:
HC Sunshine>China Cat>Rider. Jerry goes metallic in GDTRFB and after that it's all cutting heads, all the way around.
From loose to Lucy to Truckin' an' through to Casey Jones this is picture perfect Grateful Dead displayed in the full richness of their glory.
An amazing, flaggergastingly spectacular capture of the new monster and all of it's twisting heads.